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Solve It 2020: Help to make Prague the capital of AI

Solve It is a two-round case study competition that provides students and young professionals with consulting experience by helping a real organization solve its current strategic and operational challenges. If you’re keen on applying your skills where they matter and broadening your horizons, Solve It is for you! We welcome all Czech/Slovak speaking applicants irrespective of their education or experience—whatever your background, you will bring a different perspective to the study and give your skills a relevant boost. You can apply both in groups or as individuals and Solve is fully online this year, so you can connect from all around the world.

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Our partner this year

prg.ai has a bold mission to transform Prague to world class AI superhub and we are pleased to announce that they will be our partner organization for this year's Solve It! Participants will get a chance to support prg.ai on its way to achieve this mission!

How it works

Application deadline: October 25 (23:59)

First round: October 27–November 1, 2020 (online)

Final round: November 13–14, 2020 (online)

The competition is for Czech- and Slovak-speaking university students and young professionals (with up to 5 years of professional experience). All participants must be fluent in Czech or Slovak. In the first round, the competition is open to both individuals and groups. In the second round, all selected individuals will be put into groups by the organizer.

First round - teams

Each team has 4–5 members (each team must have at least one male and one female member)—only solutions from teams that meet all required conditions will be assessed.

In the first round, registered teams will receive a challenge in the form of key questions along with supporting data. The materials will be sent on Tuesday, October 27, before 5 pm.

Teams will have 6 days to analyze the situation, develop a solution, and design and submit their output online. The output will be in English and can be submitted in any form (e.g., video, document, readable or viewable presentation) by 23:59, November 1. Incomplete submissions (e.g., ones with missing CVs) will not be reviewed. It must be possible to read or view the output in 10 minutes or less.

The top 3–5 teams will be shortlisted and will be invited to the final round on November 13–14. All team members must be available during both days from approximately 8 am until 10 pm. If all team members are not present both days, the team will be disqualified.

First round - individuals

In the first round, registered individuals will receive a challenge in the form of key questions with supporting data. The materials will be sent on Tuesday, October 27, before 5 pm.

Individuals will have 6 days to analyze the situation, develop a solution, and design and submit their output online. The output will be in English and can be submitted in any form (e.g., video, document, readable or viewable presentation) by 23:59, November 1. Incomplete submissions (e.g., one with missing CV) will not be reviewed. It must be possible to read or view the output in 5 minutes or less.

Top individuals will be selected and will be placed with other individuals in (a) group(s) for the final round on November 13–14.

Please note that the evaluation criteria for groups and individuals will partly differ.

Final round

Final round participants will include top 3-5 teams from the team competition as well as selected individuals who will be matched together to form (a) group(s).

In the final round, teams will build on their initial work to develop and present a solution. Organization leaders and McKinsey consultants will be present in person to provide further background and guidance. A committee composed of Organization leaders and McKinsey consultants will assess the teams’ solutions.

The winning team will win a prize - voucher for electronics worth 10,000 CZK per one team member plus teambuilding with the McKinsey team.

Other links

Solve It 2020 Facebook page

Solve It 2020 Instagram

McKinsey Prague office Facebook page

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For me, the most beneficial part of the competition was a proximity of the cases to actual consulting work, because they are based on real problems, real figures and real people. Whatever your motivation is for entering the competition, remember that in the end of the day it is all about learning and having fun.

Anh Hoang University of Economics, Solve It participant

Solve It 2017 was unforgettable! My teammates and I had built a relationship of trust throughout the competition and I can rely on them addressing many issues. Solve It encouraged me to do more meaningful things. I have recently volunteered at Great Barrier Reef targeting marine debris in Australia.

Yulia Rebrova University of Economics, Solve It participant

Solve It was a truly fantastic experience and indeed a challenging one. You get a chance to put your analytical skills into practice, learn under the supervision of experienced consultants, and meet other inspiring student competitors and professionals.

Elena Mizeráková Institute of Economic Studies, Solve It participant

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